Nighthawks, Leopards Split Tuesday's Doubleheader

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

GAME ONE: Wentworth 6 - Newbury 5

BOSTON - Leopards freshman Kayla DeMedeiros (South Dartmouth, Mass.) batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs while pitching a complete game, helping Wentworth Institute of Technology to a 6-5 win over the Newbury Nighthawks in game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon from Carr Diamond. 

Leopards freshman Brionna Myers (Seabrook, N.H.) and senior Megan Berryman (Middleboro, Mass.) each batted 2-for-4 including a double for each. Berryman scored three times for Wentworth, Myers added two runs scored.

Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double. Senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) finished 1-for-3 with a double and run scored.

The Nighthawks were out to the lead quickly on a two-run single by Gooden to lead 2-0 in the top of the first.

The Leopards answered with two of their own in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI single by Myers followed by a double by DeMedeiros, tying the game at 2-2.

Newbury responded in the top of the second with another pair of runs to lead 4-2. Junior Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) made it 3-2 on a Leopards error. Sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) followed that with an RBI single.

Wentworth would secure the lead in the bottom of the third with three runs. Starting with an RBI single by DeMedeiros to cut the deficit to 4-3. Senior Rachel Willcutt (Tilton, N.H.) tied the game 4-4 on an RBI groundout. 

Two batters later with the bases loaded, the Nighthawks throw home to get DeMedeiros wasn't in time, giving the Leopards a 5-4 lead.

Wentworth added insurance in the bottom of the fourth as DeMedeiros provided yet another RBI on a groundout to second base, giving the Leopards a 6-4 lead.

The Nighthawks fought back in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) to trail 6-5. Newbury had their chance to tie or take the lead with two in scoring position and two out, but DeMedeiros closed the door with her seventh strikeout of the game, holding off the Nighthawks.

DeMedeiros gets the win, improving to 2-2. Stefan takes the loss for the Nighthawks, falling to 2-4 this season.


GAME TWO: Newbury 10 - Wentworth 2 (F/5)

BOSTON - Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) batted 2-for-4 while matching her career-high five RBIs, leading the Nighthawks to a 10-2 win over the Wentworth Leopards in game two of a doubleheader, splitting the afternoon of games from Carr Diamond.

Nighthawks sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.), and juniors Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) and Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) all batted 2-for-3 on the afternoon. Sophomore Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) finished 1-for-3 with a three-run double in the third.

Leopards graduate Kelsey Gorski (Killingworth, Conn.) batted 2-for-2 with a run scored. Senior Megan Berryman (Middleboro, Mass.) batted 1-for-3 with a solo home run.

Tied at 1-1 in the top of the third, Johnson stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Johnson doubled down the right-field line, clearing the bases for a 4-1 lead.

Berryman homered in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Nighthawks broke it open in the top of the fourth, starting with an RBI single by Sass to give the Nighthawks a 5-2 lead. Gooden stepped in and provided a three-run home run to left-center, the first of her season, giving Newbury an 8-2 lead.

An RBI double by Sass and an RBI groundout by Gooden in the fifth gave the Nighthawks a 10-2 lead.

Stefan picks up the win in the second game of the afternoon, pitching five innings to improve to 3-4. Leopards freshman Brionna Myers (Seabrook, N.H.) takes the loss, falling to 0-6 this season.

The Nighthawks move to 4-6 on the season with the split of Tuesday's games. The Nighthawks return on Saturday at Husson University for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.